I’ve never wanted to live an ordinary life. I was born in Michigan but lived most of my life in Africa where I was a missionary kid. I met and married my husband in less than a year. It was quick but it was the second best decision of my life (the first, of course, being the decision to give my life to Jesus!). My husband and I packed up everything to live in Uganda to serve with International Justice Mission for a year after we got married. I induced lactation to breast feed my adopted baby. I have lived on 2 different continents, in 6 different countries, 3 different States and in more than 20 houses since I was born. And I honest to goodness really love brussel sprouts.
And so it shouldn’t surprise most people that I am embarking on another “out of the ordinary” adventure. This adventure started as something that God placed on my heart over 5 years ago. Shortly after my first child was born God placed in me the desire to become a SURROGATE.
A surrogate or gestational carrier is: “a woman who becomes pregnant usually by artificial insemination or surgical implantation of a fertilized egg for the purpose of carrying the fetus to term for another woman” – Merriam Webster Dictionary
When God first placed the desire on my heart I knew it wasn’t the right time. I was having my own babies and we were moving here, there, and everywhere, adopting and living overseas. But the desire kept growing. Now and then I would think about it and do a little research. And then I’d set it aside. I wouldn’t think about it for some time and then God would bring it up again in some form and I’d think again, “is this the time?”. But nope, it never was and so I just kept praying and thinking about it.
And then we moved to Florida and God placed in my life a women in the process of becoming a surrogate. I was able to watch her process from start to finish, ask her questions, and see how things went for her. It eased alot of my fears and made me more interested than ever in becoming a surrogate. I prayed and asked God to give me peace if now was the time to move ahead. And He did! Last fall I applied with an agency to become a surrogate.
Once I applied I had to complete a mountain of paperwork, be interviewed, have a psychological evaluation, and have my OB records reviewed. Once I passed all the “tests” I was put on a roster of available surrogates and waited for a set of Intended Parents to show interest in talking with me.
To make a long story short, in January I was matched with a sweet Christian family and over the last several months we have been completing the steps necessary for me to become their gestational carrier! I am so excited about the journey ahead!
I hope you’ll all follow along with me as I share with you my journey as a surrogate! ❤